BBGI, the international PPP infrastructure investment company, has announced that it has now completed its investment in four of the operational PPP projects in Canada, as previously announced on 30 June 2017.
All of these assets were developed by SNC-Lavalin Group and are classified as availability-based under the investment policy of BBGI:
The transfer of a fifth asset, the McGill University Health Centre, Glen site (Montreal, QC), is currently planned to take place by the end of 2017, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.
The cash consideration for the four project interests acquired has been funded from the Company's existing cash resources and drawings under its extended credit facility. The total cash consideration for all five project interests is expected to amount to approximately CAD189 million (US$151 million).
Following the acquisition of the four additional project interests, BBGI owns a diversified global portfolio of 43 infrastructure assets spread across six AAA/AA-rated countries. All these projects are availability-based PPP assets and are supported by contracted, public sector-backed revenue streams, with inflation-protection characteristics. In addition, BBGI has the benefit of a pipeline agreement with SNC-Lavalin which should provide access to a robust pipeline of availability-based PPP assets in Canada which are currently under construction.
BMO Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial adviser to SNC-Lavalin. Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP acted as counsel to SNC-Lavalin and SNC-Lavalin Infrastructure Partners.